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This is my first post, sorry if this has been asked before.

So i am building my first small form factor system that will be used mainly for gaming/steam on my HDTV, this is what have at the moment:

Intel Core i7-4770K
Corsair H100i
Samsung 250gb SSD
WD 1tb HDD
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC
Corsair 250D case
Corsair RM Series 750 Watt

I just need to select get motherboard and ram, appreciate if you guys can help me select best ones to work with the items i already have and with reasonable price.

Would be great if both are sold by amazon as it is the easiest way to ship them to me.

Many thanks and appreciate all the help i can get.
post #2 of 10
Hi abouzainah,

For the motherboard, you can choose between:
- Asus Maximus Impact VII
- MSI Z97 Gaming ACK
- Asus Z97i-Plus

Some bench of them here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2015/01/27/msi-z97i-gaming-ack-review/5

For the RAM, any 2x 4GB @1600MHz will do. Get some Very Low Profile ones if you need some few mm extra space.
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Hi abouzainah,

For the motherboard, you can choose between:
- Asus Maximus Impact VII
- MSI Z97 Gaming ACK
- Asus Z97i-Plus

Some bench of them here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2015/01/27/msi-z97i-gaming-ack-review/5

For the RAM, any 2x 4GB @1600MHz will do. Get some Very Low Profile ones if you need some few mm extra space.
This. There's the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac too.
I also recommend the very low profile RAM from crucial.
You probably won't need more than 8GB of RAM, but if you're like me and won't be upgrading for a long time (mainly because of shipping costs) you might as well spend a few bucks now to get 16GB of RAM and be kind of future-proof. Again 16GB of RAM is total overkill, so yeah.
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best buy on a budget board would be the asus z97i-plus. it has 6 phase power design and socket placement is ideal for larger coolers. its great features and layout. the only down side to the board would be sound,which really isnt that bad. the other is brown board with the ugly heatsink.

the gigabyte z97 5 gaming is another budget board that comes in cheaper,but has one of the best onboard sound setups. i'm not sure about phase design,but layout is good and socket placement is good to.

i like amazon myself,but newegg seems to have the better price on these boards.
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best buy on a budget board would be the asus z97i-plus. it has 6 phase power design and socket placement is ideal for larger coolers. its great features and layout. the only down side to the board would be sound,which really isnt that bad. the other is brown board with the ugly heatsink.

the gigabyte z97 5 gaming is another budget board that comes in cheaper,but has one of the best onboard sound setups. i'm not sure about phase design,but layout is good and socket placement is good to.

i like amazon myself,but newegg seems to have the better price on these boards.
He has an H100i, so socket placement shouldn't be a concern.
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I'm throwing my vote in for the ASRock Z97. I have the Z87 version and it works excellently (well, except for the front USB on mine... which I may have broken while re-assembling... rolleyes.gif )
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No love for EVGA Stinger boards?
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No love for EVGA Stinger boards?
Their BIOS don't have the best reputation wink.gif
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Their BIOS don't have the best reputation wink.gif
Oh....I just bought one a few days ago....
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Oh....I just bought one a few days ago....
I don't think you have any reason to worry if you got a new one.
It was the Z77 one that was infamous for it's buggy bios IIRC.
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